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Tales of Wihtlore: Folklore and Stories from a sacred isle

Tales of Wihtlore: Folklore and Stories from a sacred isle

By Paul A.T. Wilson
We are the story tellers, the keepers of those ancient wisdoms that are shared through inspiration and meditation in those most sacred of places.

Britain has always been considered a magical place, steeped in history and mythology that goes back to before written records were kept. This country has always been known for its link to those other domains that are shrouded in mist and sorcery, never easily found but always felt and known about.

The Isle of Wight is the home of the ancient gods, spirits and the great dragon. This is where they stand and watch over us: above and below, the spirt
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Giants and Other Strange Peoples of the Isle of Wight
Join me as I talk about the Giants and other creatures of the Isle of the isle of with. I share four stories today:   The Tréowmann   Giant of Chale  Geat / Gautr  Orri   I then take questions from the audience.
May 31, 2021
The Erdrawyrm
Deep within the chalky earth, permeated by the greasy loam that runs in veins through the land are tunnels. These tunnels travel in a haphazard way, twisting and turning, going right and left and up and down and they form a labyrinth that was said would drive any creature, magical or no, mad. These are the tunnels of the Erdrawyrm, the great serpent who, it was said could tunnel between the realms and make openings that would defy detection. This creature, is said to have been born when the world was first made, it’s body forged by magic itself and nourished the tiny filaments of creation that wave and sway through every part of the worlds themselves.  As you can imagine, having such a creature at your disposal could mean great things for a thing who may want to quietly slip between worlds and kingdoms, an unscrupulous creature could, if they so wish sew all sorts of chaos.
January 18, 2021
Sacred Isle Podcast: 49 -- Tales and Legends of the Isle of Wight Part One
Welcome to the Tales and Legends of the Isle of Wight by Abraham Elder. In this Episode we start reading his book and we discuss the mysteries that surround the authorship of the book as well well as the following stories: The Preface of the Book Who is Abraham Elder?
June 4, 2020
Sacred Isle Podcast: 48 -- Legends and Lays of the Isle of Wight
Continuing to  read from the wonder Legends and Lays of the Isle of Wight by master story teller P.G. Stone
June 4, 2020
Sacred Isle Podcast: 47 -- Legends and Lays of the Isle of Wight
Continuing to  read from the wonder Legends and Lays of the Isle of Wight by master story teller P.G. Stone
June 4, 2020
Sacred Isle Podcast: 46 -- Legends and Lays of the Isle of Wight
In this episode I read form the wonder Legends and Lays of the Isle of Wight by master story teller P.G. Stone
May 21, 2020
The Wyrd and Wihtlore -- Beltaine and Mayday Part Three
The final part of the Wihtlore around Beltaine. In this part I speak about St Catherine's oratory, it's connection to the magic of the Island and read from the wonderful Legends and lays of the Wight by P.G. Stone
May 7, 2020
The Wyrd and Wihtlore -- Beltaine and Mayday Part Two
Continuing on with the Wihtlore of Beltane, I describe old accounts of practises as the Hexal Grove. I describe the Oaken Youth and the Spring Maiden and their courtship and the trials of the woods.
May 7, 2020
The Wyrd and Wihtlore -- Beltaine and Mayday Part One
This week I speak about Beltaine / Mayday and some of the Wihtlore that goes with it. Welcome to Part one. I talk about the ancient ceremonies, the old songs,, the ancient rivers and the magics of the Island
May 7, 2020
From the Crows Nest: 2019-08-15 -- The Wee Hill Folk
I go walking through the hills in Scotland and find a lovely lake to sit by and talk about the Wee Hill Folk and their struggle with humanity. I share my adventure with you.
August 15, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-08-08 -- Nine Sacred Herbs
I venture into the haunted Morey's Copes on the Isle of Wight to take some time out to visit the Nine Sacred Herbs. Also, please check out my Kickstarter for my new Magazine. These are the Nine Sacred Herbs of the Anglo-Saxons. In this I read out the sacred charm and what they represent. This is clearly older than the Christianisation of the Anglo-saxon people and it is a beautiful and lovely bit of poetry.
August 8, 2019
Through the Hedgerow: A Pale Harvest by William Wright
Today I speak with William Wright about is fantastic new Album, A Pale Harvest. We go thought track by track and talk about what they meant to be, the stories they tell as well as what they mean to William.  To buy this wonderful album: Follow William on Twitter:
August 3, 2019
Chine Magazine: Editor's Announcement
An important announcement by E. Hartnell, editor of Chine Magazine. Be part of history and tune in to the wireless communique.
August 2, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-08-01 -- Lammastide and Tree Lore from Mottistone
Today I am in Mottistone and visiting the church there. I am talking about the Lammas Tide and how the cunning folk of the Isle of Wight would determine Lammas Day.  I also talk a little about Tree Lore of the Church Yard.
August 1, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-07-18 -- Pinnacle of Ur, The Giant Orri, the Old Gods and Ghosts
Today I talk about various topics to do with the Isle of Wight. I talk about the Giant Orri, how he created the Pinnacle of Ur and what happened when he was betrayed. I also speak about the Old Gods, where they are and how they got here. Lastly, what happens if you die at sea? Also, don't forget, if you want to get your chance to win of a copy of Medicine and the Market in England and Its Colonies, then please like, subscribe and leave a comment. It all helps.
July 18, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-07-17 -- Feedback, A Gift in the Post and Competitions
Hi All,  Today I read out some feedback, open a gift sent in by a listener and also announce this month's competition. Really easy to enter: Subscribe or leave a comment/feedback and you go into the draw. Though you have to actually be a subscriber to be entered as well. If you don't then you will miss the announcement.  Also, big thanks to Maria for the lovely gift -- go subscribe to her on twitter:
July 17, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-07-12 -- A strange encounter and Channel Announcement
Today I am making a few announcements about the channel and the whole Sacred Isle project. Also, I share a story by our good friend Dawn about a ghost encounter. Also, I announce our monthly competition.
July 12, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-07-11 -- Weather Terms & Folklore from the Isle of Wight
Back after a few days off, trying to regain my strength etc. Today I am talking about the old terms for the weather and some fun folklore that goes with it. All from the Isle of Wight, though I think some apply else where. It could be that the words have a slightly different meaning here, but who knows right?
July 11, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-07-08 -- Weekend adventures between the veil
This episode I speak about the Swaailen and show a video of it coming in. I talk about our walk through the Five Barrows of the island and our adventure into the and up against the veil. Lots of ghosts and spirits and story telling along the way. We even go past the grave of King Arwald
July 8, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-07-04 -- Hares and their magical Isle of Wight life
Today I talk about hares and their history on the Island. It is a very quick over-view and it is something that is becoming more and more fascinating to me.  I talk about the Moon Gazing Hare and its significance. As well as the sacred hares of the Isle of Wight. There is magic in those animals.
July 4, 2019
From The Crows Nest: 2019-07-02: Who is the Sea Crone?
I am talking about the Sea Crone, her tribute and who she is.  I hope you enjoy the chaos of today's show
July 2, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-07-01: Hag Stones, Divination, Protection and Second Sight
Today I talk about Hag Stones or as we call them on the Island, Crone Stones; they are a type of stone, usually glassy, with a naturally occurring hole through it. Such stones have been discovered by archaeologists in both Britain and Egypt. Commonly, they are found in Northern Germany at the coasts of the North and Baltic Seas. I talk about Divination, Protection and the Second Sight that these stones bring
July 1, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-28 -- Wren Danse by William Wright Exclusive!
The details are: the album will be 4 movements (one for each season), each with 2 parts. The release will be digital only.   Each piece is from a ritual or holiday native to Hookland. Among the selections, you will hear springtime rituals like The Wren Danse, summer songs like “Stay Low, Stay Cold” for St Lazarus Eve, a haunting match for Autumns  “Parade of The Hoods,” as well as a eulogy carol in winter.  It’s a dynamic spread, but everything feels true to the traditions of Hookland. Salt Mass was so focused on SpitStone’s traditions, so it’s nice to branch out into the county a bit further. William Wright Hookland
June 28, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-27 -- Angels, The Planets, Heaven and Hell
Today I talk about angels and their planetary associations, I speak about the different types of angels and what they do. I even speak about the not so nice angels, including the fallen ones.
June 27, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-26 -- How I write and where it comes from
I try to explain how I write, what the process is and how I put stories together. I think in the end I end up with an instruction on how not to write. All in the name of National Writing Day. 
June 26, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-25 -- Elves, Puck, Goblins and Faeries
Today I talk about the differences between Elves, Puck, Goblins and Faeries. I look at the different words used for them and how thee have change over the centuries.
June 25, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-24 -- St Johns Day on the Isle of Wight, poetry and scary experiences
It's Monday and today I am talking about about St John's Day or the Feast of St John. I am talking about how it is remembered and how it is intimately linked with the loss of the village of Wolverton as well as the building of the church at Yaverland. I also talk about my experiences at the Uncountable Stones in Kent.
June 24, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-21 -- Happy Summer and Winter Solstice (It's story day today)
Have a wonder Solstice, either winter or summer -- today I walk a little about the Long Stone or as it used to be called, the Motere Stan -- The Speaker Stone.  I also read out two stories today form my followers on twitter:
June 21, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-20 -- The Half-Lands, lost towns and villages of the Isle of Wight
Today I talk about the half-lands, those places that are half in this world and the other. These are the mysterious, lost collages and Towns is the Isle of Wight.  Including: Wolverton, Feancheville, Blackgang, Knighton and many more.
June 20, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-19 -- St Helens, Isle of Wight and the Mysteries of the Stones
Today I talk about St Helen’s a bit of its history and the strange affinity with holy stones and water. Something worth investigating I think.
June 19, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-18 -- Water-Babies, Water Spirits and Understories
Today I talk about the Water-Babies and how they may have been influenced by the stories of water spirits here on the Isle of Wight. I also talk about "understories" by Whalebone and Jean Atkin Whalebone YouTube Whalebone Twitter Jean Atkin Twitter
June 18, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-17 -- Nightmare of A Land Called Savage
Today I am talking about dreams, more specifically nightmares that I have. These nightmares are of a place called "The Land Called Savage" and it is inhabited by vicious and horrible creatures.  The dreams come to me every few months, and I feel like this place, that exists somewhere beyond this reality is calling me.
June 17, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-14 -- Strange Encounters by Followers
Today I am reading strange encounters by my followers, one is set here on the Isle of Wight, in Ryde. I hope you enjoy them and please check out these guys and follow them on twitter.
June 14, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-13 -- The Three Sisters & Child of the Autumn Rains
Today I am talking about two Isle of Wight stories: First is of the Three Sisters and how they battled an evil wizard to ensure the safety of the three ancient treasures of the Island.  Second is that of Elfhærn Hærfestwǣta -- the Girl of the Autumn Rains. It is the story of a woman, born half human and half Elvish, taken away from her mother at 6 months to live with her father in the other place.
June 13, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-12 -- The struggle for the soul of the Isle of Wight
Today I talk about the faith and spirituality of the Isle of Wight, I found that this topic is so large I will have to revisit it in a second part.  I talk about paganism, Romans, Jutes and Anglo-Saxons and then finally Christianity. I talk about the patron Saint of the Island as well as other saints associated with the island including our only Island born Saint, St Arwald.
June 12, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-11 -- Puckaster, Puck House, Puckpool and Goblins of the Isle of Wight
Today I am talking about the Goblins of the Isle of Wight and recount the curious tale of Puckaster Cove. I also talk about the supposed Copes where it is said that another Goblin resides. I am talking faeries, goblins, magic and madness, all here on the Isle of Wight.
June 11, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-06-10 -- What's been going on?
Today I talk about why I've been away and what has been going on. I talk about my illness (psoriasis and arthritis) and how the medication I was on caused me to get very sick and ended up in hospital.  Thank you to everyone for their well wishes.
June 10, 2019
Through the Hedgerow: Yetis and Fossils with Dr Holly Walters
In this episode of Through the Hedgerow we speak with Dr Holly Walters an anthropologist/archaeologist  who has spent time in the Himalayas and studies Shaligrams. We talk about their spiritual significance as well as their origins.  We also speak about cryptozoology with a focus on  Yetis, where they come from and why the idea of the "wild men" are so prolific. 
May 30, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-05-30 -- Strangers in a Strange Land, oddities from the Isle of Wight
Another From the Crows Nest daily podcast, and today I talk about the strange people that came to the Isle of Wight. The accounts are from the old people and the traditional oral storytelling.  I talk about the:  -- Cymri: Of whom the Gael/Celtic people descend -- Galedin: Came in open topped boats from a land lower than the sea (Netherlands?) -- Coranied: Giants from a mysterious country that sank, filled with magic and high technology, called The Land of Pools (Atlantis?) The three tongues of the Island: Guitt, Gwict, Guith The first of the Druids are said to be descended from these people. The two great Gods who were worships and resided (and are said to still be here today) where: Hu Gudarn (At the Hexel Grove) and the Goddess Olwen (at the Rock of Ur). Also, I recount the strange story of the Hairy Man from Gog and his arrival on the Isle of Wight. lastly, due to popular demand, the Dalek makes an appearance, for all you Doctor Who fans.
May 30, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-05-29 -- Witches, Cunning Folk and Healers centred on the Isle of Wight
Today I talk bout witches, the Cunning Folk and healers of the Isle of Wight, I talk about the history of magic and the history of faith on our little island. From Paganism through to Catholicism and then Anglicanism.  I talk about the tragic case of Molly Downer  Also recount the story of the Witch of Freshwater Bay
May 29, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-05-28 -- My Favourite Fairy Tales books
Today's episode I talk about my favourite fairy tales and books.  I talk about: Grimm's Fairy Tales  Hans Christian Anderson  The Spiderwick Chronicles  Discworld  Wind in the Willows  Tales and Legends of the Isle of Wight  Also some feedback from Halo Nyanko  Mythical Britain 
May 28, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-05-27 -- Anything goes
Today's video is more an announcement show. Links are below: William Wright Dancing Bear Books Left Field Notes Curious and Forgotten Lore  Weird Walk
May 27, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-05-24 -- What is reality? Time and Dimensional Slips
Today I talk about what is reality and what is truth vs fact? I share some stories about time slips and the nature of what that might mean. I would love to hear from you and tell me what you think it all means. What is reality to you? All in honour of Fortean Friday I talk about a time slip experience that was recounted by a follower from the Isle of Wight.  Faerie Experience shared by: Penny Jones
May 24, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-05-23 -- Elvish Lore
Today I talk about the elvish and the faerie folk with particular emphasis on the Isle of Wight. I talk about a number of little bits of lore that you might find fascinating from blue bells, to hag stones and Wild Roses. Later in the episode I share a couple of experiences with the fae from two of my followers: Please follow - Nic Carlyle - Jon Cheshire 
May 23, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-05-22 -- The Three Sisters
Today I talk about magic and witches and what makes magic, I ask the question, what is different between magic and a miracle? I then end the video with a story about the three sisters, water spirits, fae or witches, the accounts vary but they all say they battle an evil wizard who is trying to take the magical treasures of the Isle of Wight.
May 22, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-05-21 -- Fairy Tales
Today, in honour of Fairy Tales Tuesday we will be talking about, well Fairy Tales. What makes a Fairy Tale a Fairy Tale, how is it different from an Animal Tale and Folklore? I speak about what I think Fairy Tales might be and what others have said they are. At the end of the video I tell you a little Fairy Tale about a cat.
May 21, 2019
From the Crows Nest: 2019-05-20 -- Mists and Other Worlds
Welcome to the From the Crows Nest daily show. Today I talk about the mystical Swaailen, what happens when you get caught in it and the best way to anchor yourself in this world so you don't get lost int he mists of the Other Place. Make sure you place "Stean" on the road or trackway to keep you safe.  Hopefully we will keep these shows filled with short little stories, magic, myth and folklore and mostly about the Isle of Wight with any luck. Links: History of the Isle of Wight Tales and Legends of the Isle of Wight by Abraham Elder 
May 20, 2019
Episode 5 - Four Minute Folklore: St Catherine's Oratory
St. Catherine's Oratory - Isle of Wight Year first lit: 1328Deactivated: 1547   St. Catherine's Oratory is a medieval lighthouse on St. Catherine's Down, above the southern coast of the Isle of Wight. It was built by Lord of Chale Walter de Godeton (sometimes spelled "Goditon") as an act of penance for plundering wine from the wreck of St. Marie of Bayonne in Chale Bay on 20 April 1313. Not only is it second oldest Lighthouse in the country, but it is also the centre of some very powerful magic, spirituality and ley lines
July 2, 2018
Episode 4 - Our Lost Ancestors: A Poem
The ancestors of those that live on the Island built monuments that were supposed to stand forever. In stead we have desecrated them and their memories. Our ancestors looking forward in time, Believed respect would be eternal, But today we play for fun on their graves, And here we are, with wind and waves, My heart is broken, bleeding with shame, How did we let this happen? Back in time their names were spoken, Never forgotten and always revered, But thousands of years have passed since then, And the respect we pay to the women and men, Is to rip up their graves, defile their names, How did we let this happen? When did it become the norm to dismiss, To ignore the spirits and to forget? What would they think, if they could see, The desecration of their legacy? So we ripped them up, we dig them out, How did we let this happen? These are not just monuments of death, They are the homes of our ancestors, Their link to to earth from the spirit land, Built with tools, by human hand, They built them up, we broken them down, How did we let this happen? We the present, look back in time, A reflection of them looking back, We must remember and never forget, That we lost their names, we lost respect, We must stop, I say, No more! We can't let this happen.
June 4, 2018
Episode 3 - The Three Sisters: A Poem
Darkness reigned for a thousand years, The land was drenched by people’s tears, Sorrow reigned through days of night, Pyres set alight and bright, Hear the deathly cries of woe, No summer now, just winter’s snow. A cursed visitor had come to live, No happiness did this creature give, Its soul was black as pitch or tar, A death he brought from lands afar, He stole the day and all the light, He turned the island to darkest night. But in the darkness, there was sight, A tiny glow, but shining bright, Three sisters made from ancient source, The twins plus one to set the course, Life in their veins, it does run, Their perfect gifts returned the sun. The Western Yar, still flows strong, The first sister heals through song, The Eastern Yar, from spring to sea, The second sister will always be, And in the middle, from south to north, Third sister’s bounty will pour forth. Reflected in the sky at night, Three stars together, shining bright, Three sisters forever in the sky, Radiant now and in days gone by, Watching over our Island home, From churning sea, to our sacred stone.
May 11, 2018
Episode 2 - The Girl, The House and Gumblebump
Many of you have probably heard of the Brownies and I am not talking about the delicious chocolate treats. I am talking about the helpful spirits who frequent your home: the little creatures who, when treated well will serve you and your household loyally. These spirits, though shy, are known to dwell in every home where love and affection is shown; you may not see them, but they will let you know they’re there. This story, is about one such creature and the house that he lived in. The house was old, no one could rightly say how old, but it surely was. The roof was made of thatch, the walls of wattle-and-daub and the floor was made of handsome stones of all sizes.
May 11, 2018
Episode 1 - The First Dragon
The First Dragon tells the story of the first of their kind, the Mother Dragon and how she brought unity to our Sacred Isle. In the time of the three islands, before this Sacred Isle became one, all the lands lay still and cold. The Gods moved over the bare ground, working their magic and creating a dominion for themselves. They created mountains and valleys, forests and grasslands and over eons they created all the creatures that roamed, flew and swam.Powerful magic was used to create this wonderful world and it should be of no surprise that left in hidden parts of the world bits of this magic remained.
May 4, 2018